Interview with our intern
Enlarge image Isabelle Marie Kaufer (© Isabelle Marie Kaufer) Students have the possibility to apply for an internship at numerous German foreign missions – including Vancouver! An internship at the German Consulate General in Vancouver provides an exciting insight into the department Press, Cultural and Economic Affairs. Additionally, Vancouver offers a wide range of interesting activities.
From September to December, Isabelle worked as an intern in Vancouver. In this interview she shares some of her thoughts about her time in Vancouver. Isabelle is 26 years old and currently doing her Master’s degree in Moving Cultures – Transcultural Encounters at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt.
Why did you decide to apply for an internship at a German foreign mission?
I have been interested in doing an internship at a German foreign mission for quite some time now. Since my master’s program includes a mandatory internship, I finally had the opportunity to follow through with my idea. First of all, there were pragmatic reasons for my application. I had planned to do an internship abroad, but didn’t have a precise location in mind. Being able to apply for different Foreign Offices had been a great advantage. With regard to my field of study and my career I decided to apply for an internship within the press and culture section which I expected to be very exciting.
How did you like Vancouver as an internship location?
In my opinion, Vancouver is a perfect place for an internship. Many Germans live in the Consulate General’s administrative district and there are numerous institutions and events with reference to Germany. Due to this fact, working in the press and cultural department of the German Consulate General has been very exciting. Granted, living in Vancouver is not cheap. But the city has a lot to offer, including breathtaking nature in the Lower Mainland. Another advantage is public transport, which is well-developed compared to other North American cities. You really don’t need a car to discover Vancouver. In addition, many people don’t know that Vancouver is among the top three movie industry locations in North America. There is always a movie set somewhere in town. And if you’re lucky enough you might meet actors like Dwayne Johnson or Ryan Reynolds on the street.
What advice would you give to future interns?
Prior to your internship: Take care of all the paperwork such as acquiring your open work permit or getting your finances in order as early as possible. During your internship your creativity and your self-initiative are in demand. If you work independently and bring forward your own ideas you don’t have to fear repetitive tasks and you will have a great time here.
Thank you very much, Isabelle!